Find Lawyers in Dallas, Texas for Litigation - Antitrust
Practice Area Overview
Private antitrust litigation can involve a single plaintiff and a single defendant in a single jurisdiction but more often involves groups or classes of plaintiffs often pursuing claims in multiple jurisdictions. Anticompetitive conduct that is condemned by the antitrust laws is often alleged to have harmed large groups of consumers or competitors, and the availability of treble damages under the antitrust laws provides a strong incentive for pursuing class claims. As with government antitrust litigation, the subject matter of private antitrust litigation can vary widely, including claims for alleged price fixing, price discrimination, bid rigging, tying, refusals to deal, vertical trade restraints, monopolization, attempted monopolization, and unfair competition.
Because antitrust litigation is often characterized by parallel governmental actions and private litigation spanning multiple domestic and even foreign jurisdictions, managing the risks of monetary and reputational harms consistent with the client’s business needs and goals requires a great deal of sensitivity and judgment on the part of the antitrust litigator. A skilled antitrust litigator must understand his or her client’s overall business operations as well as objectives and be able to develop a comprehensive strategy for dealing with many claimed stakeholders.
The intersection of antitrust and intellectual property law is an increasing focus in antitrust litigation. In part because patents convey limited monopolies, it is not uncommon for defendants in patent and copyright litigation to assert that plaintiffs have engaged in anticompetitive conduct in violation of the antitrust laws. The ownership and licensing of large portfolios of intellectual property rights — especially patents that are essential to practicing industrywide standards — have been a particular focus of recent antitrust litigation. For example, the U.S. Department of Justice has recently examined the acquisition of large patent portfolios by Microsoft, Apple, and others. And there are numerous pending investigations and litigations concerning whether owners of standards-essential patents are entitled to obtain injunctions against alleged infringers.
Peter T. Barbur, PartnerCravath, Swaine & Moore
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Olivia Adendorff is a litigation partner in the Dallas and Washington, D.C., offices of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. She has broad experience in consumer protection, false advertising and antitrust matters, with particular experience in FTC investigations, private antitrust litigation and class actions. She defends corporations in a wide variety of industries, including Fortune 500 pharmaceutical and technology companies. Olivia has acted as trial and appellate counsel in both individual and cla...
We are in a battle for the future of our democracy. The frontline is the courtroom. Sounds dramatic, doesn’t it? Maybe a little heavy-handed? I write and speak like this because it matters. And I care. At our founding, Thomas Jefferson said this: “I consider trial by jury as the only anchor ever yet imagined by man, by which government can be held to the principles of its constitution.” Access to our courts is the bedrock of our democracy. But the truth is that the civil jus...
Bill is a first-chair trial lawyer whose practice focuses on high-stakes disputes involving antitrust, class action, and other complex commercial litigation issues. Clients have described Bill as an "A+ litigator who would be on anyone's list of lawyers if you had a problem" and have praised him for his "good reputation, which is well deserved." Bill is regularly listed in Chambers USA "Leaders in Their Field," The Best Lawyers in America®, and Texas Super Lawyers®.
Lew LeClair has been a trial lawyer for more than 30 years with a focus on commercial and intellectual property litigation on both the plaintiff and defense side. He is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Lew has been recognized by a number of organizations during his career, including Chambers USA, a global organization that evaluates lawyers for business, which ranked him in commercial litigation for 2006, describing him as "exceptionally talented ...
Alicia litigates antitrust cases concerning allegations of price fixing, customer allocation, exclusive contracts, tying, bundling, boycotts and monopolization and attempted monopolization brought under Sections 1 and 2 of the Sherman Act and state competition laws. She also tries cases related to white collar crimes and complex commercial disputes. Alicia has served as litigation counsel for large electric transmission line projects involving the acquisition of utility easements through emin...
Michael Kalis is a litigation partner in Kirkland’s Dallas office. Michael works on a range of complex litigation matters across the United States, including contract, fiduciary duty, fraud, restrictive covenant, securities, and trade secret disputes. Michael also regularly counsels companies on litigation-related issues. Michael has been named to the Best Lawyers Under 40 in Dallas list by D Magazine, selected to the Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch list by Best Lawyers®, and recognized...
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